Maracanã, where the most important Brazilian football derbies take place, has also been the setting of historical moments of the international football. Monumental events, such as Pelé's thousandth goal in 1969, also took place on the pitches of the Brazilian football temple.
Inaugurated on June 16, 1950, the stadium has hosted World Cup games that year and a few matches of the 2014 World Cup, including the grand finale. It also hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Pan-American Games, and more recently the 2016 Olympic Games and 2019 America's Cup. In addition to sporting competitions, Maracanã has already hosted important events such as concerts of Madonna, Rolling Stones twice, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and outdoor masses with Pope John Paul II in 1980 and 1997.
Maracanã was greatly renovated for the 2014 world cup and currently has capacity for 78,838 spectators. The stadium has been modernized and currently fulfills international requirements of safety, logistics and sustainability. New bars and cafeterias give more comfort to the public, and sling chairs are also available, divided by color and produced with certified materials, such as PET bottles.
Divided into five levels and in the north, south, east and west sectors, Maracanã has divisions to facilitate the access and location of the spectators. Gate, sector, block, level, row and chair are the subdivisions that will allow the spectator to locate his/her place with greater safety and comfort. There are also seats for obese spectators, an area reserved for people with special needs and tactile floor for the visually impaired.